Industrial development continues to result in the expansion of work responsibilities for Power Engineers. Provincial Legislation requires the certification of employees before they assume responsibilities in heating and power plants.
In Alberta, Power Engineers are certified by the Alberta Boilers Safety Association (ABSA). There are five levels of certification, advancing from Fifth Class to First Class. NAIT's Power Engineering courses prepare students to challenge the provincial certification exam for Fifth Class through to Third Class. Students should contact ABSA for the latest information about Power Engineering certification requirements. Students planning to work outside Alberta should contact the provincial/territorial certification organization in their area.
NAIT's Part-Time, and Online Power Engineering courses are offered from the 5th to the 3rd class level, and are designed to help prepare students to write the ABSA Administered Provincial Examinations.
NAIT's convenient online study Power Engineering Computer Managed Learning (CML) modules let students work at their own pace to grow their employability and career potential. With instructor support as you need it, you may take from six months up to one year to complete the material depending on the class level.
Students also have the option to attend Power Engineering Technology Evening/Weekend courses to prepare for the provincial certification exams for Fifth Class to Third Class. Following a step-by-step process, NAIT students prepare to challenge the exam for each course. Whether you are looking to upgrade your skills or grab that big promotion, NAIT's courses give you the power to get the job done. Power Engineering classes traditionally fill quickly. Students are advised to register as soon as possible.
There are no firm entry requirements, however it is strongly recommended to have a minimum of 50% in Grade 10 English, Math and Science for Fifth Class, Fourth Class, and Third Class courses. Related work experience may be considered in place of some academic subjects.
Please review individual course descriptions to determine if any other prerequisites are required for your course of interest.
Alberta's economy changes quickly and you don't want to be caught standing still. Graduates of NAIT's Power Engineering CML courses move into positions with more responsibility and more respect. Advancing up the ranks from Fifth Class to First Class means bigger challenges and higher wages, and NAIT's reputation means graduates compete for senior positions across the province and around the globe.
Power Engineers operate and maintain the equipment and machinery that provide power, heat, refrigeration and other industrial services, including boilers, steam and gas turbines, generators, gas and diesel engines, pumps, condensers, compressors and pressure vessels. Your mechanical aptitude, on-the-job experience, and NAIT education can lead to employment anywhere from petrochemical plants to refineries to hospitals and hotels.
Students who enrol in our courses typically work in
- Heating plants
- The oil and gas industry
- The power generation industry
- The pulp and paper industry
If you are seeking employment or currently working in power generation, pulp and paper, or the oil and gas industry, put your skills to the test with NAIT's courses and keep your career moving like a finely-tuned machine.
NAIT's Power Engineering courses prepare students to challenge the ABSA Provincial Certification exam for Fifth Class through to Third Class.
To learn more about the Alberta Government's requirements for Power Engineering Certification, visit the ABSA website at www.absa.ca. Out-of-province students should contact the certifying body in their province or territory for more information on certificates and certification requirements.
In order to write the provincial ABSA exams for Fifth Class and Fourth Class, students must successfully complete an approved theory course(s) as well as required steam time. Students are responsible for arranging their own steam time, either through a Power Engineering Lab or through their workplace.
Students are eligible for a NAIT Certificate of Achievement upon successful completion of the following:
- Power Engineering Fourth Class Part A & Part B
- Power Engineering Third Class Part A & Part B
After you complete your courses, you must apply for your certificate by completing a Request for Certification form and returning the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Power Engineering Computer Managed Learning Courses
The CML modules let students work at their own pace to grow their employability and career potential. As students work through the Power Engineering Learning Materials, they test their knowledge of each module by completing a knowledge check. Students have six to twelve months to complete depending on the course.
Once students complete a certain number of quizzes, they must write a supervised exam. Exams may be written at NAIT. Students outside the Greater Edmonton Area may write their exams at a suitable remote location under an approved supervisor.
Students must purchase textbooks for the Power Engineering - Distancing Learning courses.
You will be using Moodle for CML courses. Moodle was designed for use with Windows and Internet Explorer on a PC newer than 10 years old, but will work with a Mac; however, if any issues come up while using a Mac, there is no support for it.
Students will also need a printer to print out knowledge checks.
Alberta Boiler Safety Association examinations are not included in this course. Students must apply to ABSA to write the interprovincial examinations.
Alberta Boiler Safety Association examinations are not included in these courses. Students must apply to ABSA to write the interprovincial examinations.
Please Note: The most recent reorganization of the Power Engineer Syllabus by SOPEEC (Standardization of Power Engineers Examination Committee) and approved by the (ACI) Association of Chief Inspectors is to be used across Canada and is effective November 1, 2017.
New Students to Power Engineering
- Effective November 1, 2017, students registering into the Power Engineering Fourth Class Part A CML (POWC402) course for the first time will be required to purchase PanGlobal texts version 3.0.
- Effective February 1, 2018, students registering into the Power Engineering Fourth Class Part B CML (POWC403) course for the first time will be required to purchase PanGlobal texts version 3.0.
- You must complete both Part A and Part B theory courses to satisfy the theory requirements for ABSA.
Current Power Engineering Students
- Fourth Class Part A CML (POWC402) and Fourth Class Part B CML (POWC403) courses compatible with PanGlobal version 2.5 texts will be available for registration until August 1, 2018.
- You must continue in version 2.5 if you began either Fourth Class Part A or Fourth Class Part B in version 2.5.
- Fourth Class Part B CML (POWC403) version 2.5 online registrations will remain open until January 2018.
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Power Engineering Evening and Weekend Courses
Part-time Evening and Weekend Power Engineering courses offer a flexible and accessible alternative to full-time studies for students interested in enhancing their skills while maintaining a busy lifestyle.
Courses are offered on campus at NAIT, where students will receive face-to-face instruction from highly qualified and experienced Power Engineering instructors.
Courses are offered at the 5th, 4th, and 3rd Class levels.
Alberta Boiler Safety Association examinations are not included in the Power Engineering courses. Students must apply to ABSA to write the provincial examinations.